Once a Month Cooking (OAMC) Tips
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Once a Month Cooking (OAMC) Tips

Once a month cooking sounds very involved, but it can save you lots of time and energy in the long run. Just imagine, already having your meals halfway finished by the time you get home from work or after a long day at home with the kids and all the other chores that take up your time. If you prepare food ahead of time and freeze it, then all you have to do is basically turn on the oven and cook it. Most meals don’t take very long if you only have to throw them in the oven and cook them and not actually prepare everything before cooking. There are many web sites out there that address once a month or once a week cooking that are very helpful. Here is what I have learned.

You should pick a day to do all of the cooking, whether it just be for one weeks worth of cooking or a month. Make sure you are free to have the time to cook that day and not be bothered with other chores or responsibilities. Plan a menu, again either for one week or for a whole month and make a list of everything you need. Also, look for items that are on sale and buy the items that are on sale to use in your meal plan, even if it means changing one or two meals or so, this will save you money. Do your grocery shopping one day and cooking on another, so you don’t overload yourself. Again, on the cooking day that’s all you should be fully devoted to.

On cooking day, cook your meals and try to keep some organization and structure. Maybe get another person to help you, a husband, boyfriend, children or friend. It is possible to do it all yourself though, just remember to do like tasks together. Brown all ground beef together for separate meals; chop all the vegetables together that you need for several meals, keep ingredients together at first and then divide them up for each separate meal you are making. Stick to a routine and keep some organization and it will be much easier on you. Put on some music to listen to. Music always helps me when I’m cooking or cleaning. It makes me feel more energized and ready to tackle whatever it is I need to do. Once you’re finished cooking a meal, set it aside and let it cool, then place it in the freezer. Make sure it is properly sealed so that air does not get in, so it won’t get freezer burn. There are several options you can use when storing food. You can use freezer bags, foil and plastic wrap, disposable or reusable containers and a vacuum sealer. A vacuum sealer is a good investment if you’re going to be doing once a month or once a week cooking and freezing a lot of food because they protect food from freezer burn. Another tip that many web sites suggest is that you label each meal with the name of the meal, the date it was frozen and cooking instructions.

Here’s a list of the web sites I’ve found that have lots of information about once a month cooking, some even have a calendar you can print out to help make a meal plan for a whole month or a week:

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